I’ve seen this a bunch of times. Movies of the early 90s have this kind of predictable vibe… lots of quirky and annoying characters, some stock/often forgettable background music, basically written entirely by one composer (god, I’m so glad that movies of the mid-2000s to now changed all that), and an energy that often isn’t found in movies, today.
How can you go wrong with Al Pacino, Michele Pfeiffer, and Nathan Lane? You can’t.
Johnny (Al Pacino) is a recently-released ex-convict, who served time for some white-collar crime, and Frankie (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a jaded waitress in a small NYC cafe. Johnny applies for a job as a short-order cook at the same cafe Frankie works at, because while in prison, he was the guy, when it came to feeding the convicts and guards.
No spoilers here… the dynamic and the chemistry between Pfeiffer and Pacino can’t be denied. And Nathan Lane, as Pfeiffer’s best gay pal, is just perfect. He’s got some of the best lines in the film.
A thought about some of the music in the film…… everyone seems to love the classical masterpiece “Clare De Lune” by Claude Debussy. It’s certainly one of my favorites, if not my all-time favorite classical piece. That song will take on a whole new meaning after you see this movie.
Powerful character development, hilarious dialogue and arguments between a lot of the characters, and absolutely tons of heart. Don’t sleep on it. And yeah, I wrote about the movie deliberately…. Valentine’s Day’s just over two weeks away.